Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he will advance legislation to make the “New York Buy American” Act permanent. The “Buy American” law requires all structural steel and structural iron used in all state road and bridge construction projects with contracts worth more than $1 million to be made in America. The current law is set to expire April 2020, and making this law permanent will build on the State’s commitment to investing in New York’s infrastructure and workforce, while guaranteeing protection and dignity for workers.
“At the top of the list is going to be an initiatve to make the ‘Buy American Initiative’ a permanent law in the state of New York. What Buy American has show and says is that the steel that way buy, the concrete, the iron must be American Made. That does two things: #1 it protects American jobs and it grows NY jobs and manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing is now 5% of the New York economy. And it makes sure that we have the highest quality steel, concrete and iron going into our infrastcture projects. We are building more than any state in the United State of America…over $250 billion in infrastructure and we want to make sure these projects last 100 years and you only know that if it’s Made right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.”